Barclaycard joins near field communication forum

The NFC Forum announced that Barclaycard, a global payment business that is part of Barclays, has become a Sponsor member of the organization.


Dentsu, an advertising agency, and Sequent Software, a provider of software for NFC payments for mobile devices, have joined the organization as principal members.


The NFC Forum, founded in 2004, continues to attract innovative organizations in all regions of the globe to its membership ranks in every category, demonstrating the rising tide of interest in implementing Near Field Communication technology.


In addition, the NFC Forum recently welcomed 26 new Associate, Implementer, and Non-Profit members from across the NFC ecosystem. New Associate members include AgreeYa Mobility, Avery Dennison RFID, Bureau Veritas ADT, C-SAM, Cubic Transportation Systems, Ixxi, Korea Smart Card, Raisonance SAS, RECRUIT, Sharp, XAC Automation and ZTE.


New Implementer members include Datang Telecom Technology, HTC, Isis, Novatec Solutions, I/O Interconnect, OBOPAY, Posiflex Technology, Proxama, Sunward Telecom, TCL Communication Technology, TIMWE, UPM RFID and VITEC.


Technology Research Center Henan Province has joined as a Non-Profit member.


“Our newest members demonstrate the broad appeal of the work of the NFC Forum, and the variety of sectors that are represented emphasizes the value NFC technology can provide to businesses and consumers,” said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum.


“We’ve been the leader of the UK’s contactless payments market since launching the first cards and merchant terminals in September 2007. More than four out of five cards and an even higher percentage of terminals are still supplied by Barclays. Having established the infrastructure, we can now offer customers choice in the way they pay and, in partnership with a mobile operator, we introduced the UK’s first payment-enabled mobile phone this summer,” said Val Soranno Keating, CEO, Barclaycard.


“We’re also working in the U.S. and Africa to bring the convenience of contactless payments to consumers and retailers. I’m delighted that we are joining the NFC Forum, and I look forward to Barclaycard playing a central role in the advance of this important technology,” Keating added.


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